Modification of Child Support
Modifying a Child Support Agreement
When parents with minor children divorce, custody and
support agreements are worked out to ensure the children's health and well-being. These agreements are filed with the court if they are executed in advance of the couple's divorce hearing. In situations where there are disagreements or unresolved issues, the court will adjudicate the matter. A parent that wants to modify a support arrangement will need court approval to make any changes to the original support document. Modifications up or down are typically only approved when there had been significant change in circumstances, such as:
- Major increases in wages or other sources of income, including an inheritance
- Major decreases in income such as the loss of employment
- A custodial parent remarries
- A parent becomes ill or disabled
- Increased medical needs of the child
- Other unmet needs of the child
If you are seeking the modification of a child support order, contact a Long Island family lawyer for immediate assistance and advice. A qualified attorney can discuss the merits of your modification request and assist you in the preparation of your petition.
Family Lawyer in Long Island
The financial needs of a child can change over time, as well as a parent's income and monetary resources. It is not uncommon in the years following a divorce for a parent to request a modification to a support agreement. Depending on the circumstances, this can be for an increase or decrease in support payments. Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. is an experienced and highly respected family law firm that can provide the personal care and legal assistance needed in the modification of a child support order. We will protect you legally and financially, and make sure your children receive the help they need.
Contact a Long Island family law attorney
at our office if you are seeking a modification to a child support order for qualified legal counsel and responsible representation.